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or they were the agent of a foreign power. in the case of al-qaeda and the taliban if you could show that an individual was a member of al-qaeda or taliban then there may be some legal grounds to detain them and try them as an enemy combatant rather than in federal court. but this is masked in legal clothing. it's not actually a legal argument, and we shouldn't confuse these two things. the argument they're making is we should presume from the beginning that any incident involving islamic militancy is some how tied into al-qaeda. as i said, i've done research on this region and this particular conflict for 15 years. while the militants in chechnya have adopted al-qaeda ideology the connection is very slim and they have very different objectives that are very local very parochial and have a lot of to do with russia and very little to do with the united states. >> john: i agree and you're characterizing that as a political approach is profoundly diplomatic. scholar and attorney, christopher swift, thank you for coming tonight. >> thank you. >> john: thank you. one good thing may come o
. they learned how to make the bombs from an online magazine published by al-qaeda. they did it because they had recently became deeply religious and opposed u.s. involvement with iraq and afghanistan: the 24-year-old told authorities that she saw her husband on thursday just hours before he died in a gun battle with police but she said she had no idea that he had committed the bombings or was planning more attacks. today her lawyer said this brief statement. >> as a mother, a sister, a daughter, a wife, she deeply mourns the pain and loss to innocent victims students, law enforcement officers families, and our community. >> michael: the suspect mother went even further telling nbc news there was simply no way that her children committed the horrible crime. she spoke to reporters. >> what has happened is a terrible thing, but i know that my kids have nothing to do with this. i know it. i am mother. i have--you know, i know my kids. i know my kids. really my kids would never get involved in anything like that. >> michael: nbc reports she was very close to tamerlan and she was actually the one wh
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